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This page is about the American naval bomber SB2C-4. For other uses, see SB2 (Disambiguation).


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The SB2C-4 Helldiver is a rank III American dive bomber with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB) and 3.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm".

The SB2C-4 is an upgrade from the earlier SB2C-1c dive bomber at Rank II, having a more powerful engine and the ability to mount more payloads, including HVAR rockets. However, this version faces tougher and more deadly aircraft due to a higher Battle Rating.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,998 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
438 426 8,230 24.4 24.8 2.3 3.6 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,998 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
484 459 8,230 21.2 22.3 12.5 6.9 300


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
656 333 520 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 257 < 350 < 380 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
975 m 1,750 hp 1,878 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,572 m 1,450 hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm Steel - Armor plate, the underside of the engine cowling
  • 6.35 mm Steel - Cockpit/Instrument panel protection plate
  • 11.11 mm Steel - Behind pilot's seat
  • 6.35 mm Steel - Dorsal gunner protection plate
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Front windscreen


Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M2 (20 mm)

The SB2C-4 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Suspended armament

The SB2C-4 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (500 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,927 lb Mk.13-1 torpedo
  • 1 x 1,927 lb Mk.13-1 Case torpedo
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb (1,000 lb total)
  • 1 x Type A Mark I mine
  • 1 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x HVAR rockets
  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns (340 rpg = 1,360 total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The SB2C-4 is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, rear turret (2,000 rpg = 4,000 total)

Usage in battles

Arcade Battles

The SB2C-4 is very much like it's older sibling model in-game, which is a dive bomber/attacker capable of wreaking havoc to both soft and hard ground targets and enemy bases. Despite its capability to carry rockets and under-wing bombs and be used as an attacker, do not attempt to do so, unless you are sure a nearby enemy fighter does not immediately single you out as a target. This aircraft has fairly good manoeuvrability but does not fly nearly as well as any of the fighters you may encounter. However, this does not mean you cannot defend yourself in dire times. A distinct advantage of this aircraft is its firepower is more than enough to bring down any attacking enemy pilot with some skill, however, it's instability in coming out of rough turns can cause problems on getting guns on target difficult. Most pilots don't expect you to carry so much firepower with the extra machine guns so taking head-ons with some planes can work in your favour because most pilots do not expect you to have that much firepower. Moreover, due to it's firepower and airspawn, being a bomber hunter is no problem either. It is important to remember to use this plane's main niche to your advantage as you will be vulnerable to enemy gunners. This plane's niche as fast bomber is further reinforced compared to the SB2C-1c as it carries double the bomb load (2,000 lb/ 907 kg) and if you survive long enough with your firepower to defend yourself you can be a considerable drain to the enemy's ticket counter. Overall, this aircraft is a solid performer in Arcade battles which is a delightful blend of defensive/offensive firepower, speed (not fighter-like though), manoeuvrability and bombing capability specifically for a dive bomber. A recommended aircraft to take out in tier 3 battles and as a silver lions factory!

Realistic Battles

In Realistic Battles, the SB2C-4 excels at the ground attack role. Use the bombs and rockets against hard targets (such as heavy pillboxes and tanks), and the 20 mm cannons for taking out soft targets and light pillboxes. Even the universal ammo belt with 50/50 HEF and AP can take out light pillboxes when aiming for the roof, but belts with more AP will make it easier. However, its use doesn't end there. The SB2C is surprisingly manoeuvrable for a dive bomber, which combined with its high bomber spawn, effective armament, and dive brakes mean it can be used to dive on enemy fighters and bombers, and can even hold its own in a dogfight, especially if the enemy underestimates the plane's manoeuvrability. These characteristics are also good tactics for defending yourself, markedly since the tail gunner is lacklustre. Unfortunately, this does not apply well when at a low energy state (ex: ground attacking at a low level). The SB2C has poor climb rate and acceleration, and experienced pilots will boom and zoom you and leave you few options to defend yourself (trying to get guns on target after an overshoot, forcing a head-on, etc). Instead, try to stay above the battle and go for enemy aircraft, and once your team has a numerical advantage, go to ground level and ground attack, preferably under cover of fighters.

Fighting a SB2C-4

If you come across a SB2C-4, attack from its unprotected bottom which is easy to hit due to planes low speed and pilots rarely looking below their planes. Avoid attacking it when it is in a dive.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator ITC mk.3 DGP 1 Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe Improved Torpedo Turret 7 mm New 12 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Mk 12 Mod 0 New 7 mm MGs (turret) Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover MBC mk.I FRC mk.2 New 20 mm Cannons

Pros and cons


  • Very effective cannon armament
  • Very agile for a dive bomber
  • Good ground attack payload options
  • Has air brakes
  • Has a bomber spawn


  • No belly gunner
  • Catches fire relatively easily
  • Poor climb rate
  • Fairly slow
  • Tail gun is ineffective at long range
  • Any asymmetrical wing damage makes it very difficult to turn
  • Extreme negatively static longitudinal stability for joystick at low speeds (e.g. the aircraft doesn't want to take off, but a slight bump makes the aircraft want to stall and harsh nose-down is required)
  • 20 mm shells can almost instantly down your plane


The SB2C-4 Helldiver was an improved model of the SB2C-3, which was in turn based on the SB2C-1c.

The SB2C-3 had added the R-2600-20 engine, which was rated at 1,900 hp. This helped to solve the power to weight issues of the earlier models. The SB2C-4 added eight wing racks for carrying 5 in (127 mm) HVAR unguided rockets, with four on each wing. Additionally, mountings for one 500 lb bomb on each wing were added - a total of two 500 lb bombs; these could be carried when not carrying rockets. These armament options were in addition to the centerline bomb bay in the fuselage, which could carry up to 2,000 lbs of ordinance. 2,045 SB2C-4 aircraft were produced, making it the most produced variant of the SB2C Helldiver.

The SB2C Helldiver was used during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, where 45 were lost after running out of fuel while returning to the carriers. The SB2C took part in combat over the Marianas, Philippines, Taiwan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. In the Battle of Leyte Gulf, during the Philippines Campaign, SB2C Helldivers took part in the sinking of the IJN Musashi; they scored a number of bomb hits to the ship. At Okinawa, Helldivers participated in the sinking of the IJN Yamato during the Japanese Operation Ten-Go, scoring hits on the Yamato and her escorts. 

In 1945, Helldivers were used in attacks on the Ryukyu Islands and the Japanese island of Honshū. In those strikes they were used to attack airfields, communication centers, and shipping. After the two atomic bombs were dropped, the Helldiver was used in patrols until the official Japanese surrender and the subsequent occupation of Japan.

After the war, the SB2C remained in active-duty service with the US Navy until 1947, and with the Naval Reserve until 1950.


See also

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